Parish Cup heads to Stromness after seven-goal thriller

A victorious Stromness side celebrate after lifting The Orcadian Parish Cup.

Stromness prevailed in a Parish Cup classic, beating Rendall in a seven-goal thriller.

Ethan Merriman scored an 85th winner to hand Stromness a third consecutive Parish Cup and spark joyous scenes at the Picky.

Rendall, however, will feel aggrieved that they were left empty-handed after mounting an astonishing comeback, fighting back from three goals down to level the scores at 3-3.

An Adam Watt own goal and an Andrew Groundwater half-volley capped a sensational opening ten minutes for the reigning champions, before a Ross Slater penalty minutes before half-time put Stromness in total control.

Rendall were afforded a lifeline before the break however, with a Chris Hellewell penalty reducing the deficit to two.

Rendall dominated the second period, with goals from Gus Barclay and Steve Hellewell completing the comeback, before Merriman handed Stromness the Parish Cup in a match which will go down as one of the all-time greats.

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